The Master of Business Administration requires the completion of 54 units of study and can be completed in 1.5 years of full time study (or the equivalent part time). The course is part of the Graduate Program in Business Administration and may be completed without a named specialisation.

The course is offered by the College of Business, Government and Law and may be completed without a named specialisation. It articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Students can choose to study topics online, face to face or mixed mode.

Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Flinders University normally receive credit for up to 36 units of topics towards the Masters degree.

Alternatively, students enrolled directly in the Masters program may choose only to meet the requirements for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma and exit with that qualification

Admission requirements

Applicants must:

  • hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution, with at least three years post-degree work experience, and take part in an interview;

OR

  • have completed the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Flinders University (having met the current entry requirements of that qualification).

The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide a strong foundation of business knowledge, skills and attitudes to support ethical, global business management of organisations including private sector business organisations, not-for-profit organisations and public organisations. Through experiential learning techniques students will develop knowledge and skills to conduct independent research, carry out industry and discipline related projects, and relate their learning to their individual business experience.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Explain the role of and apply economics, accounting, financial management, human resource management and marketing knowledge and skills in decision making and management of organisations.
  • Recognise the potential impact of local and global economic conditions and events, with emphasis on the Asia Pacific region, on the operations and strategic management of organisations.
  • Apply sound financial management techniques and analytical skills to authentic operations and strategic management issues of organisations.
  • Apply contemporary strategic management practices compatible with organisational sustainability, ethical behaviour and effective workforce relations.
  • Describe a range of research methods useful in the conduct of industry and organisation based projects, and discuss their benefits and limitations.
  • Work both individually and in groups to conduct business research and critically evaluate the findings to solve business related problems.
  • Present theoretical concepts and complex ideas in both written and verbal formats appropriate for a range of stakeholder audiences.

International English language pathway

Students who are admitted to the course under the International English language pathway are required to enrol in one or both of the following English tuition topics based on their IELTS’ entrance score.

English tuition topics

BUSN8003 English Language Tuition 1 (0 units)
BUSN8004 English Language Tuition 2 (0 units)

To be eligible to complete the requirements of the course, students must complete the required English tuition topics.

Except with the permission of the Director of Studies, enrolment in the English tuition topics must be undertaken concurrently in the first semester of study with core topics BUSN9226 Accounting for Managers and BUSN9248 Managing People.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Business Administration a student must complete 54 units (12 topics) with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Core - Year 1 topics 

Semester 1

 BUSN9226  Accounting for Managers  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9230  Economics for Business  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9236  Leadership: Theory, Practice and Experience  (4.5 units)*

plus 4.5 units chosen from the option topics

Semester 2

 BUSN9227  Financial Management  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9228  Strategic Marketing  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9231  Global Business Context: An Asia Pacific Focus  (4.5 units)*

plus 4.5 units chosen from the option topics

Core - Year 2 topics

Semester 1

 BUSN9233  Data Analysis for Decision Making  (4.5 units)^^
 BUSN9254  Business Research Methods and Project (4.5 units)^
 BUSN9261  Strategic Management (4.5 units)*

plus 4.5 units chosen from the option topics

Option - Year 1 & 2 topics

Students must complete 13.5 units of option topics selected from the following:

 BUSN9115  Quantitative Methods  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9125A  Industry Project (9 units)**
 BUSN9126  Industry Placement  (4.5 units)**
 BUSN9229  Sustainability and Ethics in Management  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9235  Managing Negotiations  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9239  International Business in the Asia Pacific Region  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9241  International Business Finance and Banking  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9242  International Human Resources Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9243  International Marketing and Export Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9248  Managing People  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9258  International Study Tour (4.5 units)**
 BUSN9259  Supply Chain and Operations  (4.5 units)#
 BUSN9409  Academic English for Business  (4.5 units)

Or other topics from the Master of Business Administration and its specialisations

Or other topics as approved by the Program Director

* Topic is also offered online

^ Online students take BUSN9260 Strategic Business Project

^^ Online students can do BUSN9233 Data Analysis for Decision Making in Semester 2. It is available face-to-face in Semester 1. Please check the Masters online topics for more information.

# Available in online mode only

** Enrolment into these topics requires approval from the Program Director.